Friday 20 October 2017

Bray boxer Katie Taylor qualifies for Olympics, continues bid for fourth world title in China

Katie Taylor, Ireland, is interviewed by members of the media after a walk over against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, in their Lightweight 60kg Bout. Photo: Sportsfile
Katie Taylor, Ireland, is interviewed by members of the media after a walk over against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, in their Lightweight 60kg Bout. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland's Katie Taylor celebrates, with her father and coach Pete Taylor, after a walk over win against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, during the Lightweight 60kg Bout. The result means Katie qualifies for the 2012 London Olympic games. Photo: Sportsfile

Independent.ie reporters

KATIE TAYLOR today achieved her lifelong dream by qualifying for the London Olympics in China.

The Bray boxer was awarded a walkover when her Romanian opponent Mihaela Lacatus, who is suffering from a neck injury, did not turn up for their quarter final fight.



Her Olympic place was secured after French fighter Estelle Mossely lost her quarter-final in the event in Qinhuangdao, leaving three Olympic places for European boxers in the lightweight class..



Taylor is aiming for her fourth World title in a row and is now guaranteed a bronze medal by getting through to the semi finals.



She will face Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva in Friday’s semi-final at 8am.



An emotional Taylor said it was her lifelong dream to box in the Olympics and she said she cannot believe it has happened.

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